All posts tagged: North Kaibab trail

48 hour guide: Hiking the Grand Canyon’s Rim to Rim trail

If you are willing to plan ahead, there is no better way to experience the Grand Canyon than camping overnight and hiking ‘Rim to Rim’ on the South Kaibab and North Kaibab Trails. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon attracts nearly 5 million visitors annually, but there are only a limited number of daily camping spots available (backcountry permit required). Checklist: • National Park Services – Backcountry Permit Request Form (PDF) Bright Angel Campground | Cottonwood Campground | Indian Garden Campground • Download National Park Services Trail Planner (PDF) With my backcountry permit in-hand, I began my two day hike at the South Kaibab Trailhead, descending the steep 7.1 miles all the way to the bottom, camping at Bright Angel Campground. The next day I ascended 14 miles, following the North Kaibab Trail where the first 8.5 miles are manageable, however this cannot be said for the last 5.5 miles!  Once at the top, I pitched my tent at the North Rim Campground. Please note that if you are unsuccessful with securing a camping …